48 drug-related cases registered in Sharjah

SHARJAH — In a sustained campaign against illicit drugs, the anti-drugs unit of Sharjah Police seized more than 232kg of drugs and 3,828 pills of mind-altering substances during the first half of the current year.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 17 Jul 2008, 1:51 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:13 PM

According to Colonel Yousuf Mohammed Al Naqbi, Director of Criminal Investigation Department, among the seized drugs were 210kg of hashish, 17kg of opium, 4kg of heroin and 1.87kg of marijuana.

During the first six months of 2008, 48 drug-related cases were registered as against 46 recorded during the corresponding period last year.

Col. Al Naqbi claimed that there has been a drop in drug trafficking activity due to the constant monitoring of entry and exit points, exchange of information with international and local law-enforcement authorities, and awareness among people on security issues leading to tip-offs about suspects.

The seizures are also the result of the advanced technology being used by Sharjah Police to detect drugs as well as enhancement of skills of anti-drugs unit personnel.

The head of anti-drugs unit said that during the first half of the current year 157 people were arrested, including Asians, Arabs and Europeans, and 40 per cent of them were UAE nationals.

Col. Al Naqbi said that efforts were being made to prevent the spread of drug abuse among the country's youth by promoting awareness in a number of schools and universities, shopping malls and in youth and children's summer camps.

The anti-drugs unit keeps a tab for two years on nationals who served time in prison for drug abuse and were released on completion of their terms. The police conduct periodic and random checks to ensure that they do not revert to drug abuse, he said. amira@khaleejtimes.com

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